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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  5,537 ratings  ·  593 reviews
Possibly the only drawback about the bestselling How To Be A Woman was that its author, Caitlin Moran, was limited to pretty much one subject: being a woman.
In MORANTHOLOGY Caitlin 'gets quite chatty’ about many subjects, including cultural, social and political issues which are usually left to hot-shot wonks and not a woman who sometimes keeps a falafel in her handbag. Th
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Ebury Press
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As far as I'm concerned, Caitlin Moran is a genius. Her style is chaotic and chatty on the surface, and she seems to have real problems understanding the semicolon, but under the bonnet every sentence is assembled with such beautiful precision. Her phrases are spring-loaded to take you by surprise. And I suppose, because I also grew up in 80s-90s Britain, there is also something incredibly appealing about her shared pool of references.

‘She has no identity, save that which advertisers sell her,’
I was going on a very long bus ride that I knew would leave me inevitably grumpy. I wandered Barnes & Noble, unable to find something funny to distract me from my impending angst. Then I remembered that Caitlin Moran had another book out! I swooped, I bought, I packed. Now, 24 hours having purchased the book, I'm finished.

The think about reading Moran is that you feel like you're having drinks with your talkative, eccentric friend who never means to clash her clothes or have a random sandwic
Feb 21, 2013 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade
Oh Cate (I call her Cate, 'cause in my head, we're friends), stop making my girl-crush on you worse...

A collection of the columns written for The Times encompassing Sherlock, why Ghostbusters is the best film ever made (I agree (whisper - unless we include Jaws) - and Bill Murray is another of my very close imaginary friends), making stupid remarks while drunk, Mooncups (I looked that up and...I can't even...), benefit cuts and library closures, female popstars no longer able to make songs witho
Louise KM
Why do I love her so much? Quite simply because she's hilarious. She makes excellent observations, which make you laugh, and at the same time consider often serious topics from a new light. You learn something, you feel entertained. What's not to love?

She also interviews celebs a lot. Including a now super-famous interview with Lady Gaga in Berlin which culminated in them all going off to a sex club in Berlin, dancing the night away, and Lady Gaga doing a wee in front of her (she was then able t
For those of us who are new to the phenomenon that is Caitlin Moran, this compilation of columns proves that she is an unparalleled artist, painting with a brush of words and a palette of intelligence, hilarity, conscience, introspection, and interpersonality. In other words, her writing is wicked smart, uber perceptive, totally principled, and super freaking funny.

Only two problems separate "Moranthology" from "How To Be a Woman," an irrefutably five-star book: (1) the nature of an anthology an
Tammy MacNeil
Caitlin Moran does it again - brilliant, witty, honest, thoroughly enjoyable. This is a collection of some of the columns she's written for The Guardian over the years and covers everything from her thoughts on the UK closing public libraries to visiting a sex club in Berlin with Lady Gaga. Bonus: her review of BBC's "Sherlock" got me hooked on the television series. Thank you CM!
Despite the fact that I think Caitlin Moran doesn't really "get:" YA fiction (, I still think she is hilarious and brilliant. Recently I saw a list of 25 Books Guaranteed to Make You Laugh (again on Flavorwire like the above article- I spend a lot of time there), and Sloane Crosley was touted to take the "hilarious female personal essay writer" crown (which I'm sure is a thing)- and that is totes bullshit. It totally goes to Moran. Crosley doesn't hold a ...more
Emily Louise Smith
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I knew instantly I'd love this book after reading Caitlin's marvel that was 'How to be a Woman' last year. This woman is nothing short of HILARIOUS. Honestly I was laughing the whole way through this book! For those not familiar with Caitlin Moran she is a journalist and columnist for the Times newspaper in the UK, and this book which is so aptly named, is an anthology of her best columns from the past few years. (I believe the earlies
L.K. Jay
I'm a fan of Caitlin Moran and after hearing her speak at The Green Man festival in Wales this summer, I determined to read this second book. She was warm and entertaining at the festival and this was reflected in her writing here. I thoroughly enjoyed 'How To Be A Woman' and I wasn't disappointed here.

Once you realise that this is an anthology of her columns in The Times, you understand the format and have your expectations accordingly. As I don't happen to subscribe to The Times online, I appr
Bruna Miranda
After reading "How to be a Woman" by Caitlin Moran I was extremely curious about this particular woman who opened my mind to contemporary feminism. In "Moranthology", a compilation of some of her columns about life and pop culture, plus in bed discussions with her husband, Moran talks about the Royal Wedding, why she doesn't travel the world, her hair, her love for the BBC series Sherlock, among hundreds of other things. It's funny, entertaining and well written. She gives us her feminist perspe ...more
Vikki VanSickle
I adore Caitlin Moran. She's acerbic, warm, funny, and a very smart observer of pop culture. After devouring HOW TO BE A WOMAN I couldn't wait to get my hands on this collection of her previously published pieces.

This is a mix of celebrity interviews (Keith Richards, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney), pop culture observations (the royal wedding, Michael Jackson's funeral, Downton Abbey vs Sherlock), and social commentary (parenting, feminism, etc). Each piece is short and pithy but still very satisfyi
Reads like a collection of blog posts, and maybe it is. Very ranty and self righteous. Not as easy to follow as How to be a Woman, and not as enjoyable either. Also she lost my fanship when she mentioned (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 07, 2013 Jade rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
It's official...I love Caitlin Moran, or I wish I was as funny as her...either or this is an awesome read. Even to those who wouldn't regularly read her columns, there's a bit in here for everyone, and I have been annoying my friends and family continuously with saying 'just read this bit', 'but you love GaGa' and 'I promise you laugh out loud on this one'. I was especially happy to find out that someone else thinks that Ghostbusters are cooler than Jedi's (a part from my mate Lisa, who I have a ...more
There were some nice moments in this collection of columns, but for the most part it was neither funny nor interesting. Maybe it's because I'm not British, but a lot of the columns were about things/people I am just not interested in, like Doctor Who/David Attenborough/Celebrity Watch (no idea what that even is)/... There were some 'serious' essays about benefits and poverty etc, but they lacked real power and insight, in my opinion. I had the exact same opinion of How to Be a Woman, so I don't ...more
I went into this with a completely opened mind hoping to be entertained but realized early on that Moran is just a braggart whose antidotes are bland and moronic.

How anyone can compare her to Tina Fey is beyond me. She has neither the wit nor the talent.

Had it not been fro the interviews with Keith Richards, Lady Gaga and Paul McCartney, I probably would've thrown is over my balcony.

It's fine to write about your life but at least work it out to make me care. If I don't care about you, I'm sur
Caitlin Moran is hilarious. She writes about issues big and small bringing humor and unexpected insightfulness to everything from Michael Jackson's funeral to the importance of libraries.

Since this is a collection of her previously published newspaper articles, it was perfect to read over the course of a busy semester. I read it an article at a time over about six weeks, and it provided brief, welcome moments of humor amongst my mounds of essay-grading.
Lovely bit of brain fluff which has cheered me up considerably on a couple of rather crappy days. I may not agree with Caitlin on some matters, but 4 stars for her unashamed love of Doctor Who, Sherlock and Ghostbusters ("I think if you thought about it a little while longer, you'd realize that you'd far rather be a Ghostbuster: a nerd in New York with an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on your back, and a one-in-four chance of being Bill Murray." YES! YES to that. I'm now having flashbacks to my ...more
Aoife Lennon
Caitlin Moran. One word - HILARIOUS! My favourite line - when interviewing Keith Richards, she describes his laugh as 'like a crow stuck in a chimney.' Love it!
Okay, I know that Caitlin Moran can be problematic at times. But I can't help it, I love her writing. There is just something about her style that, as soon as I start reading it, I feel like I am just catching up with a good friend. She draws me in, both with the things she chooses to write about, and the way she draws it back to her 'real life' perspective. And the humour. I have tried reading comedy writing, and it just doesn't do it for me. When I am reading things on a page, without any indi ...more
Vacuous. Me me me. I I I . I may vomit.
May 26, 2015 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: essays
Caitlin Moran, why aren't you my friend? After reading How to Be a Woman, I was enamored of your wit and thought-provoking analysis of womanhood. I was especially in awe of your compare and contrast between stripping and burlesque and why one is infinitely better for women. I have reused this several times in random conversations about strip clubs. After reading your wonderful collection of articles and essays, I now have a desire to visit Wales, specifically Aberystwyth, demand that my husband ...more
While Moran does have a gift for the cleverly, absurd turn of phrase, I found her funny, but often irritating. When she interviewed celebrities (Keith Richards, Lady Gaga, etc), or went into raptures over Doctor Who and Sherlock, she found her stride, and I was with her. What irritated me to no end was her constant recapitulation of what a 'strident feminist' she is, followed by her definitions of what it is to be a woman (apparently the ladies are obsessed with fashion, their hairstyles, tortur ...more
Moranthology is a collection of Caitlin Moran's Times articles and includes interviews with Paul McCartney, Eddie Izzard and Keith Richards, reviews of popular television programmes such as Sherlock and Doctor Who, as well as random and sometimes bizarre rants on topical themes of the day. And I have to say Moran totally switched me on to Sherlock – she had me laughing so hard that I think I damaged myself. What I particulary liked about this collection (apart from the late-night pillow talk wit ...more
I really enjoyed this collection of columns from Caitlin Moran. I have never read Moran's columns before, so thankfully each and every one was new to me. Although not all columns subjects were specifically to my taste, I could find something interesting in each one.

One thing I do like about Moran is how passionate she is about the things she is interested in and loves. I shared in her swooning over the BBC show Sherlock (and Benedict Cumberbatch), I felt moved by her ode to Elizabeth Taylor, an
There is something I realised after finishing Moranthology, apart from the fact that Caitlin Moran just might be my new imaginary best friend. We all have one, that semi famous person that you know in your heart of hearts you would be become total BFF's if you ever met. No the thing that I realised was that how much BBC I watch throughout my day. A kiwi girl who lives in Melbourne, and has spent a total sum of 2 and 1/2 weeks in the British Isles during her 31+ life time, had watched everything ...more
ashley | citygirlscapes
It seems rather fitting that I read the majority of this book after a couple of glasses of wine. Moran's chaotic wit and style is what I would expect from a "the U.K.'s answer to Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler and Lena Dunham", much of what she said was clever and had me chuckling. I love the conversations she has in bed with her husband, who is trying to sleep. I see that in my future.

However, there were often parts that even my trusty glasses of wine couldn't help me get through, which is just a ma
Hope McCain
I'm really torn on how to express my thoughts about this book.

On the one hand, there were some stories that I genuinely enjoyed. Caitlin Moran's personality definitely comes out in her writing, which is important.

On the other hand, many of the stories--especially those related to her meeting celebrities--felt like play-by-plays of the events. Too much telling, not enough showing. With a lot of these stories, I'd rather have just read an interview between her and the celebrity. It would have bee
I'm probably horribly biased reviewing this book, but I don't really care. I think Caitlin is a wonderful writer, ever since I read How To Be A Woman? on a whim very early this year and it blew my brain. I have lots of collections of columns in my bookcase, most unread however this shot to the top of my list when I saw it for just 9:50 in WHSmith. Fair to say, it was worth every penny. 99% of the articles really interested me (the only exception being the Sherlock and Downton Abbey ones as I hav ...more
Jude Morrissey
I don't usually read this sort of book. When I read nonfiction, it's either as professional development or it's history from an object orientation. But I ran across Moran's article on libraries (, which I enjoyed very much. So I picked up Moranthology.

I didn't realize I'd find a kindred soul.

It didn't take much to convince me of that. She had me at "There's a lot of Sherlock love in here. In many ways, this book might as well be called 'Deduce THIS, Sexlo
A collection of essays that originally appeared as her columns in the UK Times newspaper. Although the author is known as a feminist, these are more about other things of interest. Pillow talk with her husband, interviewing celebrities, travel, reviewing responses to M Jackson's odd funeral, reflections on poverty , and more. I enjoyed the collection, though some essays didn't connect with me others were funny and sometimes thoughtful.
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Caitlin Moran had literally no friends in 1990, and so had plenty of time to write her first novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of fifteen. At sixteen she joined music weekly, Melody Maker, and at eighteen briefly presented the pop show 'Naked City' on Channel 4. Following this precocious start she then put in eighteen solid years as a columnist on The Times – both as a TV critic and also ...more
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